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Knoxville Baseball Beats Grinnell; Clinches No Worse Than 3rd In LHC

Posted: Tuesday, July 9th, 2013 at 6:00 am
Author: KNIA/KRLS Sports-Derek Cardwell

Knoxville Baseball picked up a big win at Grinnell on Monday night 5-2. Junior left-hander Bryce Zoutte was tremendous on the mound for Knoxville, working all seven innings to improve his record to 2-2 on the season. Zoutte battled his was out of a bases loaded jam in the sixth to keep the Tigers at bay. On offense, catcher Tony Salato and Freshman Calyn Bumgardner each has two hits and scored twice. Sophomore Jared McClung also had a pair of base knocks. Junior shortstop Ross Shelford added a clutch two R-B-I single with two outs in the third inning. Games like this one is what Coach Joel Johnson says makes winners out of teams. He challenged his guys after a difficult week last week to come out with a championship frame of mind. The win moves Knoxville to 13-13 overall, and more importantly improves the Panthers Little Hawkeye Conference record to 9-7 with just a home doubleheader against Oskaloosa on Wednesday remaining. Knoxville also moved past Newton into second place and has guaranteed itself no worse than a third place finish in the league